‘DAP never asked to become PM, only deputy’

 |Jan 19, 2017
File pic credit Global Peace Foundation.
File pic credit Global Peace Foundation.

Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has denied the allegation that DAP had asked for the position of Prime Minister should the Opposition wrest Putrajaya from Barisan Nasional (BN) in the upcoming general election.

He said this in response to Prime Minister Najib Razak’s statement that DAP would rule the country should voters opt to elect Pakatan Harapan (PH) in GE14.

As reported by newsportal AntaraPos today, Mahathir however claimed that DAP had asked for the position of Deputy, presumably Deputy Prime Minister.

“They (DAP) clearly said to me, Chinese are the minority in this country…and DAP never asked to become Prime Minister. But if deputy, then yes… The one who said they wanted to become Prime Minister was Datuk Seri Najib to scare the Malays,” Mahathir alleged.

Mahathir, who is also Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Pribumi) chairman had reportedly said this at a programme in Putrajaya last night.

In defending DAP, Mahathir said they were not as chauvinistic as some parties think.

“DAP is not that strong. In Umno, we gave the impression that they were evil, too Chinese and so on. They are not a Chinese party, they are a multi-racial party,” Mahathir said.

With regards to the claim that DAP wanted the post of Prime Minister, Mahathir said this would not be possible, because for them to win, they would require the support from the other Malay parties.

Previously, former DAP national vice-chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim claimed that DAP and Pribumi had entered into a secret pact to make Mukhriz Mahathir the Prime Minister and DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang the Deputy Prime Minister if PH were to capture Putrajaya in GE14.

Lim has denied the meeting ever took place while Mukhriz urged Tunku Abdul Aziz to reveal his source or else face legal action.

Tunku Abdul Aziz also challenged both Mukhriz and Lim to respond to his claim by making statutory declarations (SD) as a means of proving conclusively that they both have no ambitions to become Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister.